53. Mr. Andy Stewart
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on the progress of the technical and vocational education initiative.
§ Mr. Nicholls
The technical and vocational education initiative (TVEI) is making excellent progress. Over half a million students are currently involved. Significant achievements are being recorded in the 81 education authorities currently extending TVEI to all their schools and colleges:
- (i) The proportion of students taking balanced science courses has virtually doubled from 36 per cent. to 64 per cent.
- (ii) Students taking design and technology courses has virtually doubled from 30 per cent. to 55 per cent.
- (iii) 71 per cent. of teachers report TVEI has increased students ability to solve problems.
- (iv) 70 per cent. of employers feel that what TVEI teaches is relevant to their needs.
As the initiative expands, all students will be getting a period of work experience, an individual action plan and a record of achievement. I am confident that TVEI is making a significant contribution to improving the quality of the nation's work force.